Brazil studies exempting micro, mini generation from tariffs

Small solar system in Brazil. Author: Tony Winston/AgĂȘncia BrasĂ­lia.

January 20 (Renewables Now) - The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies is analysing a new bill that guarantees small renewable energy producers will not be charged for the use of transmission and distribution systems.

The 5829/19 bill benefits energy consumers that generate their own power with micro and mini generation systems, mainly from solar, wind and biomass sources, and inject their surplus into the local distribution network, the so-called shared generation.

According to power sector regulator Aneel, consumers that do not contact the distribution networks before March 31, 2020, will not be fully exempt, having to bear 50% of the costs.

Last year, the country had a renewable micro and mini installed capacity of 1.6 GW. In Brazil, microgeneration systems have a power capacity of up to 75 kW, while minigeneration has between 75 kW and 3 MW.

The bill is now being studied by the Mines and Energy; Finance and Taxation; and Constitution, Justice and Citizenship (CCJ) committees.

Earlier this year, the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo Maia, announced his support to President Jair Bolsonoro's stance that distributed solar generation should not be obstructed by taxation.

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